Most people do not think about interior lighting when they start decorating their home, but it is actually the light that shows off a space to its full advantage; keep in mind that lighting can make or break the ambience of any space, so do not leave lighting to the last minute, do not make hasty decisions.
With clever and thoughtful planning lighting design does not have to be that difficult, and yet, consult specialists when necessary.
Here are some basic tips that might prove useful to create a successful interior lighting scheme, which is the key to balance all elements in any space.
- Multi-layered approach
A single hanging fixture is not the only option, often its light is inadequate; generally, poor lighting decisions can wash out color and texture, and make the space look plain and ordinary.
So, always consider including different types of lighting and sources of light thus creating a flexible lighting scheme that meets your needs.
Primarily, provide ample general lighting to illuminate adequately the whole space.
Add sufficient task lighting – it is a must-have for the zones where specific tasks and activities such as reading, writing, sewing, or cooking are performed; it should be free of distracting glare and shadows and bright enough to prevent eyestrain.
For providing visual interest consider adding accent lighting; accentuate architectural elements, collectibles and pieces of art, plants, the backsplash over the sink or the fireplace, in general, anything you would like to make a decorative focal point; furthermore, it adds an extra dimension to a room, and its proper use can make a room look larger. Take into consideration that effective accent lighting typically requires at least three times as much light on the focal point as the ambient lighting around it.
- Create balance and harmony in the space
As interior lighting design directly relates to how each space is perceived, it should be considered an integral part of the space furnishing and decoration; keep in mind that even the finest interior furniture and decoration solutions when poorly and inadequately lit, look dull and unappealing.
Lighten up the space – let in as much natural light as possible, make layers of light work together to create a dramatic effect with enough lighting options; when and where possible opt for light, soft, pastel tones and hues; try to incorporate light reflective surfaces – limestone, mosaic tiles, frosted glass, light colored cabinets with glass doors are all perfect options to add a feeling of space and tranquility to the décor; consider using mirrors, they also reflect light and make the space look larger and brighter; generally, there are plenty of alternatives how to maximize the effect of lighting as a component of the interior design scheme to create a feeling of warmth, spaciousness, harmony, and style.
If the space is open and multifunctional, use lighting to serve double – to both define the different zones and by repeating the lighting fixtures – to create unity and cohesion.
- Play with the sources of lighting
A lot of options exist to illuminate the space – hanging fixtures, recessed lights, wall sconces, tracks, spotlights, and so forth; consider them carefully, think outside the box, be creative and choose these that entirely meet your needs in terms of functionality and esthetics. Pay close attention to freestanding lamps, table lamps and uplighters; since they are portable lighting options and do not need any additional wiring, are a great choice to immediately transform any space and enhance its décor.
- Choose carefully not only the type of lighting and the source of light, but also the fixture you plan to use
Fixtures come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials to choose from to match the characteristics of the space and its style for a balanced look. If you opt for a bold, make-a-statement fixture, it will immediately become the focal point of the room. For 2012, try with warm metals fixtures – bronze, copper, gold, and finishes from renewable resources with organic shapes to complement the décor for its modern, updated look.
To summarize, interior lighting significantly influences both the esthetic and functional elements of your living space, so always consider it a key element when decorating your rooms, this is the right approach to create an inviting, stylish, visually appealing, and well- balanced home.